An historic town of Achaia country built at the height of 756 meters on the exact spot of the ancient Kynetha. Kalavryta is located 77 kms southeastern of Patras and in order to get there you can follow the road to Chalandritsa or the marvellous route Diakopto – Kalavryta by rack – railway.
The town of Kalavryta is well known not only for its contribution to the revolution of Greeks against the Turks in 1821, but also for the resistance during World War II, when the Germans burnt down the town and executed all the men over 13 years of age. On the left, above the town there is the “ Kapi” hill the execution of 1.200 men on 13-12-1943 took place.
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You can visit the town of Kalavryta, the sacred place of the sacrifice and the Museum of the Holocaust of the 13th of December, 1943, as an act of respect to the sacrifice of more than 1400 men of age over 14 who were executed by the foreign occupants. Furthermore, in the town o Kalavryta, it is worth seeing the Municipal Paintings Gallery, the old Mansion of Paleologina dating back to the 15th century, the train station. You can also walk along its beautiful, picturesque streets where you can purchase local traditional products. The historic monastery of Agia Lavra, 5 kms away from Kalavryta. It was founded in the 10th century by the hermit Athanasios Adonitis and burnt down by the Turks in 1585 and 1827 and by the Germans in 1943. Later on it was rebuilt on its todays position and form. The signal for the revolution was given in the monastery in 1821. The banner of the revolution is treasured there along with other historic objects and ceremonial utensils.
Mega Spileo: It is built at the height of 924 meters, surrounded by a beutiful landscape. The icon of Mother Mary is treasured there, made of wax – gum and aromatics by Loucas the Evagelist. The walls of the church in the monastery are covered with damp since 1653. Significant handwritten gospels, vestments and reliquaries are also worth seeing.
The Gorge of Vouraikos, beginning from Diakopto and ending at Kalavryta. The rack railway passes along its banks.
The small church of Panagia Plataniotissa, which is built in within a tree trunk created by three plane trees.
The Ski – Center of Kalavryta. Fourteen kilometres from Kalavryta the Ski – Center is situated with a lift capacity up to 1800 and 2440 meters. From there the visitor can look over the Korinthian Gulf looking very much like an immense lake.